Mike Woodson: New York Knicks starting lineup still up in the air

May 1, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Raymond Felton (2) and forward Iman Shumpert (21) and center Tyson Chandler (6) and guard J.R. Smith (8) and forward Carmelo Anthony (7) huddle after a timeout during the fourth quarter of game five of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs against the Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Knicks have made several signings and a pretty big trade this summer. The team landed Andrea Bargnani in what was a criticized move, as many fans and experts are skeptical as to whether Bargnani can elevate the Knicks to the next level.

With the new signings in mind, it seems that Mike Woodson will not only have to figure out a way to make his team function on the floor, but he will also need to decide on who will start.

Ray Felton, Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler are natural locks for the starting unit, but it seems wide-open from there. It seems that Iman Shumpert is not yet a lock to start at the two-guard spot, but that would be the natural selection. Shumpert is one of the best defensive players on the team and could very well get the nod. Pablo Prigioni could very well contend for a starting spot as well.

Amar’e Stoudemire, Andrea Bargnani and Metta World Peace will likely be the ones in contention for the last spot in the starting lineup, and a lot will depend on whether Woodson decides to use Melo at the small forward or the power forward position.

Topics: Nba Offseason, New York Knicks

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